Garrett Gilbert: Ex-Texas QB an AAF star for Orlando Apollos | SI.comGarrett Gilbert came to Orlando with an eye at getting NFL attention, but leading the AAF's best team is pretty cool, too. https://www.si.com/college-football/2019/03/14/garrett-gilbert-orlando-apollos-aaf-texas-longhorns?xid=socialflow_twitter_si&utm_campaign=si-ncaafb&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com
Projecting the AP college football top 10 months in advancePhil Steele says these 10 teams will be atop the preseason poll when it's announced in late August. http://www.espn.com/college-football/insider/story/_/id/26265332/projecting-ap-college-football-top-10-months-advance
Best bets for every college football bowl gameLooking to bet on a college football bowl game? This is the file for you, as our four expert handicappers offer their analysis for every (non-playoff) bowl game. http://www.espn.com/chalk/insider/story/_/id/25461533/best-bets-every-college-football-bowl-game
No. 6 Oklahoma at No. 13 West Virginia (+3)
Anyone who tuned into the Monday Night Football version of the Big 12 between the Chiefs and the Rams is definitely going to love this Friday night treat. As bad as Oklahoma has been on defense, there are three other conference teams that are worse statistically than the Sooners.
Will Grier and David Sills V should have a field day against the Sooners defense.
While the over/under is an absurd 84, which might be shattered in the third quarter, go with West Virginia to get the outright win and clinch its spot in the Big 12 title game. Scooby Axson
No. 16 Washington (+3) at No. 8 Washington State
I have to be honest, I had this spot lined up for USC plus the points in the first half against Notre Dame, but the first-half lines aren't out yet. I don't trust a Clay Helton-coached team not to implode in the second half, so can't go full game there. Instead, we have a battle between the best team against the spread this season (Washington State is 10-1) and one of the worst (Washington is 2-9). And, of course, I'm siding with the one with the 2-9 ATS record. Gardner Minshew has been a fantastic story for Washington State this season, but going up against Washington's loaded secondary will be a tough task. The Pac-12's other elite defense, Cal, held the Cougars to just 19 pointa a few weeks ago. The weather will also play a part, with rain, heavy winds and possibly snow coming to Pullman. That does not bode well for Wazzu's passing attack. Give me Washington in a grinder as the Huskies continue upon their recent success in the Apple Cup. I mean, did you expect anything different for my final best bet in the regular season in the #ConferenceOfUnderdogs? Max Meyer
No. 4 Michigan (-4) at No. 10 Ohio State
Can Jim Harbaugh get over the Ohio State hump? If hes ever going to do it, now is the time. Michigan, 0-3 against its rival since Harbaugh took over his alma mater, has the better team and the better defense to win. Now about that defense: Michigan has been ranked as the nations No. 1 unit for most of the season (234.8 yards allowed per game), and as it pertains specifically to this matchup, the Wolverines are the best at defending the pass and will have a plan ready for Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins (339.0 passing yards per game). UM just has to hope star defensive end Chase Winovich, creator of the Revenge Tour is healthy. He left last weeks game against Indiana with an upper body injury and although X-rays came back negative, his status is unclear.
OSUs Haskins has had a terrific season and has needed to be great to keep the Buckeyes in contention. In last weeks overtime win over Maryland, he threw three touchdowns passes and ran for three more. Its Ohio States defense that has been troubling. The Buckeyes are giving up the most yards per play (5.97) and the most yards per game (402.6) in school history. They will need something short of a Nick Bosa miracle to stop Karan Higdon and Shea Patterson from running up and down the field.
The winner of this game goes to the Big Ten championship and potentially, the College Football Playoff. The Game is in Columbus, and Michigan is favored on the road here for the first time since 2004. Everything about the past 12 weeks suggests the series will swing toward Michigan Laken Litman
Georgia Tech (+17) at No. 5 Georgia
According to an SB Nation examination of how triple-option academies fare as significant underdogs, Georgia Tech has only faced a spread of 15 points or more once in Paul Johnson's tenure, and the Yellow Jackets covered. This game doesn't have the same feel of last year's triumphant 387 UGA romp in Atlanta, when the visitors could smell a playoff spot; the Yellow Jackets have won four straight, while the Bulldogs have had next Saturday's SEC title game against Alabama in their sights for weeks. Without Roquan Smith up front to sniff out every aspect of the Jackets' diverse flexbone looks, Georgia Tech should be able to burn clock and put up enough points to stay in range. Eric Single
No. 24 Pitt (+4) at Miami
I'm baffled that Miami is a four-point favorite over No. 24 Pittand I assume this is due to Pitt having clinched its division. Still, Miami is already bowl eligible after beating Virginia Tech a week ago, and that's as much as the Hurricanes are going to achieve this year. Sure, Miami's rushing defense has been solid this season, and Pitt's offense centers on the run, but still: This is a very good Pitt team that could post its best record in almost a decade. It'll win outright. Joan Niesen
No. 13 Florida at Florida State (+6.5)
The Noles picked up a significant victory over Boston College last week in front of a crowd of 57,274. It was the smallest at Doak Campbell Stadium in 30 years. FSU coach Willie Taggart this week urged fans to fill the stadium for the rival clash with the Gators. We're betting a rocking Doak Campbell is the difference against Dan Mullen's team. Ross Dellenger
RT @IowaFBLive: The KING picks up an INT of his own! He now has 14 career INT's, tying him for 4th all-time at Iowa.#Hawkeyes start drive?
Baylor picks up the 1st down on 4th down and it's 1st and goal at the OU 5.
RT @plaground: Under the lights Saturday night, @MT_FB and @HerdFB meet at 7 ET @LiveOnASN @CUSAFB ... Watch it!! https://t.co/uy67xmjCnD
Capital Gazette: Navy defender Marie Valenti on brink of league milestone
When senior defender Marie Valenti steps into an exclusive class of lacrosse players previously held to five, it'll happen in a flash.
You'll hear the crack of sticks hitting sticks, the thud of shoulder colliding with shoulder. Then, more than likely, you'll see Valenti running off with the ball in tow.
Valenti needs just one stick check, interception or block in the Mids' game with Bucknell on Saturday to become the sixth Patriot League player in history to eclipse 100 career caused turnovers. She'd join -- and likely soon surpass -- Katelyn Miller, Bucknell (101); Julianne D'Orazio, Lehigh (103); Lauren Deitrich, Bucknell (116); Colleen Bubnack, Colgate (124) and Ana White, Lafayette (125).
Official Site of the Tigers: Simpson Resets Own School Record In Hammer Friday
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Make it two in a row for University of Memphis track and field freshman .
In the second collegiate meet of her career, Simpson reset her school record in the women's hammer with a throw of 197-11 (60.33m) to highlight Friday's action for the Tigers at the 2019 Al Schmidt Bulldog Relays. Simpson made her collegiate debut at last weekend's Rhodes Invitational and set her first school record in the event with a mark of 196-1 (59.76m).
Simpson's throw Friday vaults her into the top-15 in the event nationally. Her throw currently leads The American.
Gobbler Country: A Sideways Look at Virginia Tech Hokies' Spring Football Session
While Bryan is pounding away at the different position previews, I thought that it might be a good time to take a look at the entire picture for the Hokies. One of our ever dreary commenters (who was right about last season, BTW, so we give him slack) was predicting a 7-5 season, at best. Err Ummm well... no... not because he's wrong or right, but no it's not time to predict anything at all.
Right now the Virginia Tech Hokie Football program is in mid-transition. We have new assistant coaches and some of those are faces that we have seen but now have new roles.
Cardiac Hill: Pitt baseball team tops Virginia Tech for first ACC win
The Pitt baseball team logged its first ACC win of the 2019 season on Sunday, as it hosted Virginia Tech at Charles L. Cost Field for the third installment of a three-game series, and the Panthers topped the Hokies 1-0.
Christian Camacho took the mound for Pitt but lasted just one inning. He got things started by inducing a flyout by Virginia Tech outfielder Kerry Carpenter. However, Camacho then found himself in trouble after giving up back-to-back singles to Hokies first baseman Carson Taylor and catcher Luke Horanski before notching two strikeouts to get out of the inning.
Pack Insider: NC State's Most Recent Football Recruiting Visitors
NC State has had some serious football talent come through Raleigh recently. Here's a look at which recruits have been by this week.
3-Star 2020 Wide Receiver Antonio Barber is visiting NC State today.
-- Antonio Barber (@toniobarber11) March 20, 2019
Barber (6'2''/185) is still technically a Tennessee commit, but after his visit today, he will have made the trip to Raleigh three times in the past 30 days. He recently visited Penn State as well. Barber played with NC State 2019 commit Jalen Frazier at Hough in Cornelius, North Carolina.
ESPN.com: Reseeding the 2019 NCAA tournament field for the round of 32
After the past two full days of action in the NCAA tournament, Saturday's and Sunday's games will present their participants with the opportunity to advance to the Sweet 16. The selection committee acted admirably in seeding the 68 teams in the field on Selection Sunday. After the opening round, however, we've decided to do our own reseeding of the remaining teams.
Miami Herald: Miami Hurricanes 'circle up on the U' and go mano y mano to prove their 'toughness'
Oklahoma has its Oklahoma Drills.
But the fired-up U has its own version of major college football players going mano y mano: the "Big Cane Drills.''
Miami coach Manny Diaz, who earlier this year had his Hurricanes going at it in a wrestling ring during offseason drills at the Carol Soffer Indoor Practice Facility, initiated Big Cane Drills at spring practice on Friday.
These coaches want toughness, and the Hurricanes, in full pads for the first time, brought it Friday. Diaz shouted out pairs of players to compete 1-on-1 as they were surrounded by one cheering faction on offense (orange jerseys) and the other rowdy faction on defense (white jerseys).